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Post 08/18/2014

Cowlitz Fish Report for August 18

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,284 summer-run steelhead, 115 spring Chinook adults, 17 jacks, 87 mini-jacks, two fall Chinook adults, one jack, one sockeye adult and ten cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
Post 08/06/2014

Cowlitz fisheries public meeting set for September 9 in Morton

• 5 to 8 p.m.
• Bob Lyle Community Center, 700 Main St., Morton, WA 98356
• Hosted by Tacoma Power, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Cowlitz Fisheries Technical Committee
Post 08/01/2014

August WDFW Weekender Report for Southwest Washington

Fishing: This year’s fall chinook fishery opens Aug. 1 on the Columbia River amid huge expectations. Based on current projections, 1.5 million fall chinook salmon will return to the river in the next few months – the highest number since at least 1938. Coho salmon are also expected to return in numbers well above the 10-year average.
Post 07/30/2014

Cowlitz River level dropped; Tacoma Power restoring flows

An issue with Tacoma Power’s system caused the Cowlitz River to drop about a foot near the Mayfield Dam at approximately 11 a.m. today.

Flows dropped from 4,580 cubic feet per second to 2,750 cubic feet per second. After realizing the error, Tacoma Power began restoring river flows and will continue to do so until the river is fully restored.
Post 07/03/2014

Steelhead "recycling" to begin on the Cowlitz River

OLYMPIA - Anglers will get a second chance to catch up to 1,600 hatchery-reared summer steelhead moving through the Cowlitz River, thanks to a partnership between Tacoma Power and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
Post 05/28/2014

"Decision Documents" and FTC meeting summaries updated on Tacoma Power's Fisheries Technical Committee Web site

Tacoma Power recently added on its Cowlitz Fisheries Committee Web page these “decision documents”.
  • HOR Steelhead to upper Cowlitz River Basin
  • Coded-wire strategy: Cowlitz Falls Dam
  • 2014 Mayfield downstream fish survival study
  • 2014 Cowlitz Falls Dam FCE study
  • Cowlitz Falls Dam No. Shore Collector - 60% design approval
Also on that page are links to the Fisheries Technical Committee meeting summaries for January through April 2014 (and for previous years).

For more links to information about Cowlitz River fisheries plans, go to
this page at CowlitzFish.net